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DSN brings together top industry innovators, experts for 19th Industry Issues Summit

BY DSN STAFF

Call it a meeting of the minds. 

The annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit — taking place in New York City at the Plaza on Nov. 29 — is fast-approaching, and ahead of the event, Drug Store News has announced another top-tier roster of some of the most innovative and talented retail executives in the business for the thought leadership and networking event.

Now in its 19th year, the DSN Industry Issues Summit brings together the top pharmacy retailing, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods manufacturers and technology companies to discuss emerging industry trends, coming challenges and the opportunities that influence the most important business decisions facing panelists and attendees. The panels bring real-world insights to help drive sales and strengthen retailer-supplier relationships.  strengthening relationships between retailers and suppliers.

In addition to a keynote from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, the event will feature five panels whose topics and participants are:

Enabling Patient-Facing Care: McKesson’s Chris Dimos will moderate a panel featuring Walgreens’ Rick Gates, Thrifty White’s Tim Weippert, CVS Health’s Kevin Hourican, BD’s Anne Messing, SupplyLogix’s Rick Sage, Innovation’s Doyle Jensen and Perceptimed’s Frank Maione.

Payer Partnerships and Delivering Outcomes: Hamacher Resource Group’s Dave Wendland will moderate a discussion between The Little Clinic’s Dr. Marc Watikins, UnitedHealthcare’s Shannon Huneke, Rite Aid’s Jocelyn Konrad, Walmart’s Alex Hurd, Johnson & Johnson’s Geoff Betru, PioneerRx’s Jeff Key and Vicki Harter of higi.

Chronic Care Patient Management: Independent consultant Andre Persaud will moderate a panel featuring Health Mart’s Crystal Lennartz, H-E-B Pharmacy’s Leon Nevers, Costco’s Becky Dant, Cardinal Health/Medicine Shoppe International’s Todd Treon, QS/1’s Saul Factor, Smart Meter’s Brahim Zabeli and BD Diabetes Care’s Marcus Silva.

Bridging the Gap Between Pharmacy and the Front Store: PhileciaDayle’s Philecia Avery will moderate a panel featuring Thrifty White’s Tim Weippert; H-E-B Pharmacy’s Craig Norman; Rite Aid’s Tammy Royer, Cardinal Health’s John Fiacco, Menasha’s Paul Murphy and Inmar’s Lari Harding.

7 Ideas that Matter: Mack Elevation’s Dan Mack will moderate a panel featuring CVS Health’s George Coleman, Sam’s Club’s Jill Turner-Mitchell, AmerisourceBergen’s Tim Buskey, Walgreens’ Robert Tompkins, Walmart’s Annie Walker and Target’s John Peine.

“The Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit is part of our commitment to providing timely, topical and engaging industry events where retailer and supplier industry leaders gather to discuss co-creation strategies and partnership opportunities,” Drug Store News publisher Eric Savitch said. “This event helps attendees set their agendas for the coming year.”

To register or for more information, visit dsnindustryissues.com. For sponsorship opportunities, contact DSN publisher Eric Savitch, esavitch@drugstorenews.com.

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Peapod makes its home in the Windy City

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday joined Peapod to announce the company is relocating its headquarters to downtown Chicago at 300 S. Riverside Plaza.

"Peapod is a national leader in both the food and tech industries and will be a strong addition to Chicago's thriving innovation community," Emanuel shared during a press conference. "In Chicago, the company can continue to expand, create new jobs and contribute to our growing economy."

"Over the last 28 years, Peapod has revolutionized the way people across the nation shop for groceries," said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.  "My administration is proud to work with companies that embrace innovation and push our economy forward. I will continue to work hard to support great companies and make our state an even better place to do business."

"Since Peapod was founded in Chicago in 1989 as the country's first online grocer, we have always considered this city our home," Walt Lentz, acting president of Peapod said. "Moving our headquarters downtown will allow us to become a bigger part of the Chicago business community and invest in the city's diverse pool of talent while also growing our business throughout the country."

The new location is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018, at which time the headquarters will transfer from the current Skokie, Ill. location. All employees at Peapod's current Skokie headquarters will be relocating to the new Chicago headquarters.

With the move Peapod joins a number of other food industry leaders that have relocated to Chicago, including McDonald's, Conagra Brands, ADM, Mead Johnson, Beam Suntory, Kraft Heinz and Oscar Mayer.
 

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CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens to anchor CVS Health’s new performance-based network

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A new performance-based network from CVS Health will bring together its CVS Pharmacy banner, Walgreens and roughly 10,000 independent pharmacies. The 30,000-store network, announced Tuesday, is aimed at reducing costs for members of CVS Caremark’s pharmacy benefit manager clients and improve health outcomes, the company said.

“Steadily increasing drug costs, and the current transition in health care from volume to value, require us to continually develop and implement innovative solutions to help our clients manage pharmacy costs while improving health outcomes,” CVS Health COO Jon Roberts said. “This partnership with Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and independent pharmacies enables us to offer a new kind of pharmacy network that provides our clients with opportunities to improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs, along with comprehensive, nationwide access to medications for their patients.”

Performance measures participating pharmacies will be evaluated on will include demonstrated medication adherence for such chronic conditions as diabetes, hypertension, behavioral health and respiratory conditions. The participating pharmacies are encouraged to implement proprietary processes and programs to deliver the results for measures being tracked.

“Walgreens is pleased to advance our commitment to improving patient care and health outcomes through improved medication adherence by participating in this new performance pharmacy network,” Walgreens Boots Alliance co-COO and Walgreens president Alex Gourlay said. “This network recognizes that pharmacists do more than dispense medications – they are key members of the patient care teams and add value by helping and encouraging patients to take their medications as instructed, improving overall health and wellness while lowering costs for patients and payers. Tracking performance provides additional accountability and incentive to achieve measurable outcomes.”

CVS Caremark will make the network available for eligible PBM clients for implementation starting in March 2018, the company said.

“At CVS Pharmacy we know pharmacists play an important role in providing our patients with timely and relevant information about their prescription medications,” CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes said. “Given that our pharmacists are on the frontlines of health care in their role as a trusted healthcare provider, their interventions can help patients take their medications as directed by their physicians, ultimately improving outcomes and managing overall health care costs.”

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